Wilderness Ride with hotel accommodation
June: 23 - 26 Fully booked
August: 10 - 13 Fully booked
June: 23 - 26 Fully booked
August: 10 - 13 Fully booked
Lovely rides though winding green valleys and into the wilderness
This tour combines a proper riding tour with 4 riding days of approx. 20 km each along lovely routes in splendid green countryside. During the ride we enjoy marvelous views of the Volcano Hekla and the glaciers Langjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. We ride into the uninhabited wilderness north of the romantic valley Tungufellsdalur and follow the mighty salmon river Stóra-Laxá sided by fantastic basalt columns on wonderful tölting tracks. On horseback we visit the Golden waterfall Gullfoss from its much more remote eastern side and ride along the breathtaking Laxárgljúfur canyon. A visit to the famous Golden Circle sites such as Þingvellir National Park and the hot spring Geysir is included on the transfer days.
Hotel Geysir****: Undoubtedly one of the most luxurious hotels to be found in South Iceland! The hotel offers fine dining and a very cozy bar. Within minutes, you can be walking around the geothermal hot spring fields of Haukadalur with its numerous hot springs and the erupting Strokkur Geysir. Geysir Golf Course (9 hole) is situated right by the hotel.
Please note: Non-Riders are welcome on this tour.
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Type: Multi - day tour with spare horses
Operated by: Exploring Iceland
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights/ 4 riding days
Level of expertise required: Experienced riders in good physical shape
Area: South Iceland
Accommodation: Hotel Geysir****. Accommodation in Reykjavik not included but can be arranged.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Guide: English speaking. Other languages upon request.
Min.: 2 riders/ Max.: 6 riders
Maximum Weight: 110 kg
2023 prices per person:
Price p.p.in double/twin room at Hotel Geysir ****:
Single supplement: ISK 55.500.-
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Please note: Dinner is not included on this tour and only the riding tour is guided. Guide is not staying at the hotel.
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Day by day itinerary
Day 1: Þingvellir National Park - Friðheimar Greenhouse Restaurant - Tungufellsdalur Valley - Gullfoss waterfall
Pick up at 9 am at your hotel or at BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavík. Please be ready in your riding clothes at pick up. We drive to Þingvellir National Park for a short walk "in between the continents" before enjoying a lovely lunch at Friðheimar Greenhouse Restaurant. Transfer to Tungufell farm for your first ride. After an introduction into the safety issues, tack and gaits of the Icelandic horse we set off for a lovely gentle ride over good tölting tracks through the beautiful Tungufellsdalur valley with its clear mountain springs and lovely arctic birch forest. Our route takes you through rolling hills and idyllic farmland with young horses, sheep and cattle grazing on endless green fields. If you think of typical Icelandic farm life – here it is! As we climb in altitude the landscape becomes more and more barren. We ride towards Hvítá glacier river and enjoy undisturbed views on Gullfoss waterfall from the east side, a much more remote location. Lovely tracks take us back to the farm where we leave our horses before checking into our lovely hotel, situated right by the geothermal field where the geyser Strokkur throws his 30 m water fountain into the air every 6 to 10 minutes. Evening and dinner spend individually.
Day 2: Highland ride over Hrunaheiði plateau to abandoned farm Kluftir
Today is going to be a wonderful ride into the uninhabited wilderness north of the romantic valley of Tungufellsdalur. We climb on a high mountain plateau and follow the narrow tracks made only by sheep and horses. We enjoy wonderful views of the wild green mountainside, follow wild Litla Laxá river and surely get a wonderful feeling of mountain freedom! We pass the abandoned farm of Kluftir and leave our horses at Kaldbakur farm. Short transfer back to the hotel after a truly adventurous ride! . Evening open for individual dinners and program.
Day 3: Laxárgljúfur Canyon - Secret Lagoon
Today´s ride takes us along the breathtaking Laxárgljúfur canyon. The canyon itself is about 10 km long and drops up to 200 m where it is at its steepest. The famous salmon river Stóra Laxá has carved the canyon through layers of basalt lava and palagonite. We stop at the ruins of Hrunakrókur farm, a beautiful and remote setting underneath a waterfall. .On the way back to the hotel we stop at the Secret Lagoon, a beautiful bathing spring. So do pack your bathing suit for today!
Day 4: Sólheimar Farm Museum and basalt columns of Hrepphólahnjúkar
After breakfast and check-out at the hotel we return to the horses for a last day´s ride through fertile farm land and along the river Stóra-Laxá. We stop at the little local museum Samansafnið along the way and take a peek into the old days of farming life in Iceland. We continue our ride on narrow riding paths along the salmon river underneath the beautiful basalt columns of Hrepphólahnjúkar. Before we say good by we enjoy a last and tasty good by coffee & cake treat by our wonderful local hosts. Back to Reykjavík in the late afternoon. Drop off at BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavík or any accommodation in the capital area. We are more than happy to arrange your Reykjavík accommodation for you!
Exploring Iceland reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables should the necessity arise. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.
Please note: Dinner is not included and only the riding tour is guided. Guide is not staying at the hotel.